Pitt receives $1 million to study the future of autonomous vehicles for people with disabilities

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to transform the way we get around. But does that include everyone?

One group of people that could greatly benefit from this revolution are those with disabilities, yet it’s an area that hasn’t received much attention.

That’s the mission of Pitt’s new Tier 1 University Transportation Center. The U.S. Department of Transportation just awarded $1 million to the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh, for a study of how automated vehicles can help people with disabilities…

“We’re very excited to bring the first University Transportation Center to the University of Pittsburgh, and the second one to Pittsburgh,” says Cooper. “There’s one at Carnegie Mellon as well. It’s pretty exciting for a city of our size to have two centers.”